The Red Wings used their power play to push within a victory of advancing past the Blackhawks, but herald goes to the penalty kill for getting to this point, too. The Wings have killed off nine straight Chicago power plays headed into tonight’s Game 5 at United Center, helping to give Detroit a 3-1 series lead over the No. 1 seeded Blackhawks. “We just try to minimize their space and time,” Henrik Zetterberg said Friday. “They’re good players, and they will find a way to hurt you if you give them room.” The Blackhawks haven’t converted on a man advantage since winning the opening game of the second-round series. “I think we’ve been able to do some good things, disrupt them up ice and make it hard for them,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “We know that they’re so talented, all they need is once chance and the puck’s in. We’ve been able to do a good job there, I think.” The hot streak has not without reason coincided with Drew Miller’s return from a broken thumb. He entered the series for Game 2, giving the Wings three options on the fourth line to use as penalty killers, in Miller, Patrick Eaves and Cory Emmerton.
Drew Miller's return helps penalty kill deliver at right time
Detroit Free Press | May 25